In a refreshing break from the standard line taken with the media, stand-in Blitzboks captain Kyle Brown has refused to use injuries as a crutch.
“We have named these tours the ‘no excuses tours’, and this was a ‘no excuses weekend’,” said Brown after the Blitzboks had to settle for second place after a 24-17 loss loss against Fiji in the Hamilton Sevens Cup final on Sunday.
“We had to dig really deep and I am proud of our effort. We will have to do so again come Las Vegas in a couple of weeks’ time – eight points is a lead, but not one that we can bank on.”
South Africa has banked on raw physicality to summit the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series standings after four legs, but that brute force was absent in Sunday’s final against Fiji without regular captain Philip Snyman, Ruhan Nel, Dylan Sage, Justin Geduld and Rosko Specman.
“We were right in it,” added Brown. “But unfortunately we lost control of the game. Considering the tough week we had with injuries, we were still pleased with the outcome.”
The team’s next assignment is the USA Sevens in Las Vegas from 2-4 April and Werner Kok said the veterans would have to ratchet up their performances to make up for the return of Kwagga Smith, Seabelo Senatla and Tim Agaba to their respective Super Rugby teams.
“The next four weeks will be tough, some players are injured and we are losing some star players, so it will be a good challenge for our system and depth,” said Kok.